Resources and Non-Exhaustive Reading List
We center Equity and Inclusion in all of our efforts as an organization to confront and disrupt biases, stereotypes, and discrimination, and combat systemic racism and anti-blackness. We put together a non-exhaustive list of resources including live discussions, videos, books, organizations, profiles, and articles, that we listened to, read, followed, and discussed as a team.
Please reach out to us if you have any feedback/comments or if you have any additional resources to recommend!
Interactive Content on Racial Justice, Change, Equity, and Places
- [Interactive Infographic and Articles] How We Juneteenth, June 19, 2020 – The New York Times.
- [Live discussion] “Removal of Christopher Columbus Bust In Detroit Signals Important Narrative Shift”, June 18, 2020, with Stephen Henderson, Jamon Jordan, Bill McGraw, Meghanlata Gupta, Bridging Detroit.
- [Video] “Whiteness At Work”, June 11, 2020, The Adaway Group.
- [Webinar] “How do we respond to anti-Black racism in urbanist practices and conversations?” with Jay Pitter, Orlando Bailey, Tamika Butler, Anthonia Ogundele, Will Prosper, June 10, 2020, Canadian Urban Institute.
- [Toolkit] A Call to Courage: Individual Learning Agenda, June 10, 2020, by Jay Pitter, The Canadian Urban Institute.
- [Video] “What the future of policing might look like”, June 10, 2020, CBS News.
- [Live Talk] “There Grows the Neighborhood with Emmanuel Pratt”, June 9, 2020, reSITE, YouTube.
- [Live Discussion] “The Wellbeing Imperative” with Esther Perrin, Emmanuel Pratt, Dr. Maria Neira, Arlette Verkruyssen, April 28, 2020, NewCities.
- [Live Discussion] “Housing: Room for Improvement” with Angela Hurlock, Eugene Jones, Dr. Jonathan Woetzel, Diana Lind, April 21, 2020, NewCities.
- [Podcast] “The View from Here: Place and Privilege”. The View From Here Senior Producer Catherine Stifter returns to Insight to reflect on a year of reporting on affordable housing with highlights from the documentary and podcast.
- [Video] “Gentrification Explained” by Urban Displacement Project.
- [Video] Black Communities in Canada: A Rich History “Unarmed Verses” by the National Film Board of Canada.
- [Video] “Segregated By Design” by Mark Lopez and Richard Rothstein.
- The Adaway Group: A black-woman owned consulting firm to build an inclusive, thriving workplace, organizations
- “Mapping Prejudice: Visualizing the hidden histories of race and privilege in the urban landscape” By Kirsten Delegard, Ryan Mattk
- “Unfunded: Black Communities Overlooked by Canadian Philanthropy”, February, 2021 – By Foundation for Black Communities.
- “Race, Space and the Poetics of Planning: Toward a Black Feminist Space-Making Practice”, June 17, 2019 – By Chandra Christmas-Rouse.
Twitter accounts to follow
- Urbanist Leaders of Color Twitter List
- Tamika Butler
- Danielle J Harris
- Warren Logan
- Adonia Lugo
- Naomi Doerner
- Anita Cozart
- Kristen Jeffers
- Charles T. Brown
- Waffiyyah Murray
- Keith Benjamin
- Dr. Destiny Thomas
- Jay Pitter
- The Untokening
- Ursa Studio: By Tura Cousins Wilson, Architecture + Design Studio
Urban & City Planning + Racial Equity
- Anti-racism Resources
- Anti-racism Education Resources
- “Breaking the “thunderous silence”, Whitney Young and the speech that woke up architecture”, American Institute of Architects
- “When June Jordan and Buckminster Fuller Tried to Redesign Harlem”, August 22, 2020 – By Claire Schwartz, The New Yorker
- “Sadiq khan orders review of all london statues for slavery links”, June 9, 2020 – By Rowena Mason and Helen Pidd, The Guardian.
- “Safe Streets’ Are Not Safe for Black Lives”, June 8, 2020 – By Destiny Thomas, CityLab
- “Black History Milestones: Timeline”, June 6, 2020 – History
- “How racist policing took over American cities, explained by a historian”, June 6, 2020 – By Anna North , Vox
- “5 Essential Books To Read On Making Cities Anti-racist”, June 5, 2020 – By Diana Budds, Curbed
- “The Planner’s Beginner Guide to the #BlackLivesMatter Movement”, June 04, 2020 – By Danielle Dirksen, METRANS on the Move
- “America’s Cities Were Designed to Oppress”, June 3, 2020 – By Bryan Lee Jr., CityLab
- “The Great Unequalizer”, June 1, 2020 – By Mohamed A. El-Erian and Michael Spence, Foreign Affairs.
- “A Tale of Two Truths: Transportation and Nuance in the Time of COVID-19”, May 14, 2020 – By Ariel Ward, Medium
- “Urban Density: Confronting the Distance Between Desire and Disparity”, April 17, 2020 – By Jay Pitter, Azure Magazine.
- “Confronting power and privilege for inclusive, equitable, and healthy communities”, April 16, 2020 – The BMJOpinion
- “Racial Equity, Resilient Cities at the Forefront: A Practitioner’s Guide to Action”, November 14-18, 2019 – Pioneered by the Rockefeller Foundation & 100 Resilient Cities.
- “To build safe streets, we need to address racism in urban design”, August 28, 2019 – By Hanna Love and Jennifer S. Vey
- “A Powerful, Disturbing History of Residential Segregation in America”, June 20, 2017 – By David Oshinsky, The New York Times
- “How Urban Design Perpetuates Inequality — and What We Can do about it”, July 18, 2016 – By Diana Budds
- “Baltimore: The Consequences of Planning That Isolates Neighborhoods”, May 11, 2015 – By Keith Benjamin, Streetsblog USA.
- “Where Banks Don’t Lend”, June 3, 2020 – By Linda Lutton, Andrew Fan, Alden Loury, WBEZ
- “How America’s Housing System Undermines Wealth Building in Communities of Color”, August 7, 2019, By Danyelle Solomon, Connor Maxwell, and Abril Castro, Center for American Progress
Articles on Policing
- “The Road to Removing Police From Traffic Enforcement” April 14, 2021 – Bloomberg CityLab
- “Defund the Police: Here’s What it Means” June 10, 2020 – theSkimm
- “The City That Remade Its Police Department”, June 4, 2020 – By Sarah Holder, Bloomberg
- “Why is the NYPD So Powerful?” June 4, 2020 – By Ross Barkan
- “The History of Policing in Canada” Aug 2019 – Wilfrid Laurier University
Podcasts on Policing and Systemic Racism
- “The History and Meaning of Juneteenth” – June 19, 2020, The Daily (The New York Times)
- “Facing up to Racist History in our Statues and Street Names” – June 12, 2020, The Current (CBC Radio)
- “Anti-Black Racism in Canada” – June 9, 2020, The Current (CBC Radio)
- “Canada’s Slavery Secret: The Whitewashing of 200 Years of Enslavement” – June 9, 2020, Ideas (CBC Radio)
- “Cops, a Plea: Police Reform in America” – June 9, 2020, The Economist Radio (The Economist)
- “The View from Here: Place and Privilege” – October 6, 2017, The View From Here (Capital Public Radio)
Infographics on Allyship and Racism
- “Everyday urban planning vocab/theoryfor the anti-racist” June 19, 2020 – By Cyclista_zine, Instagram.
- “Timeline of Events leading up to the 2020 Uprising” June 5, 2020 – By created.by.molly, Instagram
- “The Four Dimensions of Racism” June 3, 2020 – By theslowfactory, Instagram
- “10 Steps to Non Optical Allyship” May 30, 2020 – By Mireille Cassandra Harper, Instagram
Articles on Transport, Mobility & Inequalities
- “Why We Must Talk About Race When We Talk About Bikes”, Jun 9, 2020 – By Tamika Butler, Bycycling
- “Who approved this?’ Riders, officials criticize Metro’s systemwide shutdown” June 1, 2020 – By Laura J. Nelson, Los Angeles Times
- “Biking while black” is a thing, too”, Jan 13, 2015 – By Heather Smith, Grist
- “Engaging Youth in Urban Biking and Bike Share – A toolkit form Philadelphia”
- “From Fort Mose to Soul City: Dashed Hopes for a Black Sanctuary”, February 3, 2021 – By Brentin Mock, Bloomberg CityLab
- “The Mimetic Power of D.C.’s Black Lives Matter Mural”, June 9, 2020 – By Kyle Chayka, NewYorker
Books to Read
- “So You Want to Talk About Race” by Ijeoma Oluo
- “They Can’t Kill Us All” by Wesley Lowery
- “Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race” by Reni Eddo-Lodge
- “Beloved” by Toni Morrison
- “Between The World And Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates
- “Your Silence Will Not Protect You” by Audre Lorde
- “How to Be an Anti-Racist” by Ibram X. Kendi
- “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo
- “Black Feminist Thought” by Patricia Hill Collins
- “Me and White Supremacy” by Layla F. Saad
- “White Rage” by Carol Anderson
- “I Know Why the Caged Birds Sing” by Maya Angelou
- “The New Jim Crow” by Michelle Alexander
Organizations to Donate to (financially sustaining the cause)
- 20 Organizations Canadians Can Support in the Fight for Racial Equity by Jackie Marchildon, Global Citizen
- Donate to Official George Floyd Memorial Fund.
- Donate to Belly Mujinga’s family, including her daughter.
- Donate to The Minnesota Freedom Fund, which provides funds to pay bail for those protesting in Minnesota.
- Donate to The Bail Project, which provides funds to pay bail for those who have been arrested during the protests. You can split your donation between the 39 bail funds.
- Donate to the National Bail Fund Network, which includes a directory of community bail funds.
- Donate to Black Lives Matter.
- Donate to The Movement For Black Lives, a global initiative which aims to support Black organizations to conduct conversations about current political conditions.
- Donate to North Star Health Collective, which coordinates and provides healthcare services, resources, and training to those protesting in Minnesota.
- Donate to Reclaim The Block, a grassroots organization that works to provide the Minneapolis community with the resources they need to thrive.
- Donate to Say Her Name, a campaign that calls attention to police violence against Black women, girls, and femmes.
- Donate to I Run with Maud: Ahmaud Arbery fund by his best friend.
- Donate to Canadian Black and Anti Racist Organizations
- Donate to Black Vision Collective, create a future where all Black people have autonomy, safety is community-led, and are in the right relationship within their ecosystems
Local Organizations in Montreal to Donate to
Bolded organizations are those that have made vocal requests for financial support in the past/present:
- Unite and Prosper/Origin: New app coming soon, connecting black customers/general public to black-owned businesses. Reach out directly to donate
- Nigra Iueventa: Platform empowering the black community through events and arts
- Hoodstock: They have held community building and educational summer festivals yearly in Montreal and are very active now vis-a-vis the #BLM movement
- Librairie Racines: Community bookstore selling important books and educational material on racism. Run by a black woman entrepreneur. Go fund me.
- Center for Research Action on Race Relations: Recently led consultations on systemic racism in Montreal. Send donations to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- “A Call to Courage: An Open Letter to Canadian Urbanists”, June 2020 – By Jay Pitter, fellow of the Canadian Urban Institute, author, placemaker
- “To Everyone Feeling Anger and Grief”, June 1, 2020 – By Calvin Gladney, President & CEO, Smart Growth America
- “NOMA’s Public Statement Regarding Racial Injustice”, May 31, 2020 – By Kimberly Dowdell, Noma
- “No Streets Are Safe Until They Are Safe For All”, June 1, 2020 – By Editorial Board, Greater Greater Washington